Celebrities Who Were Once Cheerleaders

Ready? Okay! Get ready to "rah"-ck with these photos of former cheerleading celebrities, including Ciara, Reese Witherspoon and Kendall Jenner

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Ciara

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The singer and her football star husband Russell Wilson clearly are on the Homecoming Court of life, as she proved in this cute throwback Instagram.

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CHRISSY TEIGEN

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The Cravings author was inspired to post this throwback shot after watching Netflix's new standout show, Cheer.

"Watching Cheer on Netflix got me reminiscing about how I sucked at cheerleading almost as much as I sucked at doing my brows," she wrote in the photo's caption. "Truly no idea how I made this team. The best part is they claimed there was no JV/varsity but one squad got to cheer for basketball and football and the other (mine) got volleyball and wrestling. I still remember my mat cheers though. Go fight win baby. Go fight win."

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CHRISSY TEIGEN

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"Eyebrows were not mandatory," wrote Teigen, commenting on her thin brows in this squad pic.

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MANDY MOORE

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"I loved cheerleading. I was not the most physically adept cheerleader but I was very vocal," the This Is Us actress recalled to host James Corden.

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JESSIE JAMES DECKER

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"15 and freshman year cheerleading...," wrote the country crooner, adding the hashtag: "#hidethebraces"

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JENNA DEWAN

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Jenna Dewan Tatum/Instagram

The pro dancer threw it way back by posting a pic from her "Texas high school cheerleader days."

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REESE WITHERSPOON

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The Oscar winner was on top of the world … or at least on top of the pyramid. "#TBT to my days as a proud General," she wrote, captioning her cute throwback snap on Instagram.

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FERGIE

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Back in 1992, the crooner spent her days smiling and shaking her pom-poms at football games as a cheerleader at Glen. A. Wilson High School.

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EVA LONGORIA

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Years before landing her career-making role on Desperate Housewives, Longoria cheered for Roy Miller High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as for Texas A&M-Kingsville in college.

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KYLIE & KENDALL JENNER

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Gimme a K! Before they became jetsetting supermodels and beauty moguls (and moms!), the youngest members of the Jenner clan were happy to watch the action from the sidelines (shown here in 2011).

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SANDRA BULLOCK

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Need proof the Oscar winner is totally ageless? Look no further than her high school yearbook photo.

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KELLY RIPA

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Reminiscing about her cheerleading days, the Live with Kelly and Ryan cohost admitted her beauty choices were rather questionable. "I had tanorexia," Ripa said, adding that she also had "hair as big as it could possibly get."

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CAMERON DIAZ

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The actress-turned-author was part of the pep squad at Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

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HALLE BERRY

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She did it all! On top of bringing her infectious energy to school events, the actress also worked on the school newspaper and served as prom queen.

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DAKOTA FANNING

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After being homeschooled for years, the young actress decided to attend L.A.'s Campbell Hall high school, where she joined the cheerleading squad and was voted homecoming queen.

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BROOKLYN DECKER

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The actress and model was full of school spirit as a high school cheerleader - more than a decade before making a splash on Netflix's Grace and Frankie.

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RASHIDA JONES

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"Get fired up it's Friday y'all," wrote the actress, sharing a little cheer in honor of Flashback Friday.

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GEORGE BUSH

Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush is seen as a cheerleader at Phillips Academy in Andover MA., in a 1964 school archive photo June 23, 2000.
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Before he led the country, the 43rd president led his high school cheerleading team. The New York Times reports that he would rally spirits during weekly school-wide assemblies at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

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MADONNA

Madonna (Ciccone) Freshman Year 1973 Freshman Cheerleader Individual (note: original is blurry) Adams High School, Rochester, MI
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Ever the performer, the multi-hyphenate artist cheered for her high school in Rochester, Michigan. Perhaps this served as inspiration for her 2012 Super Bowl set?

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JESSICA SIMPSON

Jessica Simpson, 8th Grade 1994 Richardson North Junior High School, Richardson, TX Cheerleader on the left
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Before she rose to fame, the singer cheered for Richardson North Junior High. In an interview with Dr. Oz, she revealed that she dropped out of her position as head cheerleader after facing extreme bullying from her peers.

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STEVE MARTIN

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Steve Martin Senior Year 1963 Garden Grove High School, Garden Grove, CA Yell Leaders - Pep Assembly; Seeve is on the left Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library.

During his junior year at Garden Grove High School in California, the actor joined the squad for its comedic potential, writes childhood friend (and cheerleading teammate) Morris Wayne Walker in Steve Martin: The Magic Years.

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MERYL STREEP

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Back in 60s-era Bernardsville, New Jersey, the Oscar winner brought spirit and a smile to the field with her high school cheer squad.

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STEPHANIE SEYMOUR

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Stephanie Seymour/Instagram

"#haventchangedabit," the supermodel said in an Instagram post of her younger self as a cheerleader, pom-poms in hand with cropped hair and wide glasses.

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KATIE COURIC

Katie Couric Senior Year 1975 Yorkville High School, Arlington, VA
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The journalist was full of energy on Yorktown High School's cheer team in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia.

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